Ithaca About

About the Ithaca Rescue Mission

Richard Bennett, Director

Richard Bennett has committed his career to helping those struggling with issues such as poverty, substance abuse and mental illness. He took the helm of the Ithaca Rescue Mission in May 2015.

An Ithaca resident, Richard previously served as Treatment Director for Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services. He is a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, with experience in counseling and case management as well as administration.

A Place to Leave Hunger and Homelessness Behind

The Ithaca Rescue Mission provides emergency shelter and affordable permanent housing for those experiencing homelessness. Our Friendship Center and community food pantry are open to the public daily for those who are hungry or need a welcoming place to come in from the elements.

Ithaca’s low vacancy rates and rental costs are challenging for many.  For someone who has experienced homelessness, the barriers to finding housing can be particularly daunting. Our case managers work step by step with emergency shelter residents to help them find homes, and to develop individualized plans to leave hunger and homelessness behind.

Meeting Needs in Tompkins County

Responding to community requests, the Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse opened a permanent residence in Ithaca for men who have experienced homelessness in March 2013.  Our Court Street residence provides 10 units of quality, affordable housing. We support residents  with case management, life skills training, spiritual care and connection to services.

In March 2014, the Rescue Mission acquired an emergency shelter and food pantry at 618 West State Street. Our shelter serves men, women and families. It also provides an additional 15 units of permanent supportive housing. Our on-site Friendship Center is open daily to the public. We welcome those experiencing homelessness or hunger to come in from the elements, have a bite to eat, and connect with services.